Release Date: 2/25/2010
Weight: 66 lb.
Refresh Rate: 600Hz
Ports: x3 HDMI, x2 component, x3 AV, x1 SD, x1 RF
The Good: Warm colors, lots of options, SD card slot is nice, lots of connection ports, surprisingly good sound
The Bad: Can look fuzzy up close, very heavy, gets hot, may raise your electric bill a tad
HDTV’s are becoming more and more popular, and the prices have gone down tenfold over the past five years. Everyone knows HDTV’s are the #1 way to go for gaming and high-def movies. One question everyone asks is LCD or plasma? What’s 1080p mean? What’s the best size? What’s HDMI do? Well, I will answer all those questions for you and help you get the best out of this TV or one you choice similarly.
Plasma TV’s have an overall better picture quality over LCD or LED due to the deeper, richer, and crisper colors. While they may not be as bright as the LCD TV’s there is less glare and no reliance on a back light which can wash an image out. The first thing you’ll notice when you hook your TV up to your console and set it all up is how stunning the colors are. Deep, rich, and vibrant and I have never seen anything more beautiful. Popping in God of War III in 1080p looks absolutely spectacular, and there’s no way you can go back to a standard boob tube. While I couldn’t get the Xbox 360 connected to HDMI (I need the Slim model for that) it still looks amazing in a component in 1080i. I even accidentally forgot to set the cable switch to HDTV and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow looked pretty impressive even in 480i albeit some jaggedness and blurriness, but for the standard definition it was a surprise how good it looked.
When it comes to sound the TV does an excellent job of emulating surround and has a great bass and treble. Of course, it’s never as good as sound systems, but this is a huge step up from a standard TV. There are a good amount of hookups for people with only a few systems, but someone who has a lot of players you won’t be happy. With 3 HDMI, 2 component, and 3 AV, you should be good to go if you only have a few thing to use. The TV also has an SD card slot for quick photo viewing, but it does not play a video which is a huge disappointment.
The TV’s settings have a good amount of things to tweak especially in the picture area. You can choose a lot of different aspect ratios, reduce snow, noise, blur, and even change the ambient lighting, but this doesn’t work too well which is a disappointment. There’s not much to do with the sound, but for standard speakers, there’s enough. However, I do recommend sitting at least 6-8 feet from the TV because otherwise you will notice some particles or dancing pixels any closer and it can be distracting.
The overall physical design of the TV is very solid and sturdy. While it’s not as slim as an LCD or LED TV, and uses more power, it fits nicely on its stand, can be wall mounted with ease, and has a nice black overall finish. The buttons are nicely located on the left side of the TV, and there’s only a power light on the front to make it looks sleek and clean. I do highly recommend this TV for anyone looking to upgrade from a CRT or even a smaller HDTV.